19 (A)Do not get upset because of evildoers
Or be (B)envious of the wicked;
20 For (C)there will be no [a](D)future for the evil person;
The (E)lamp of the wicked will be put out.

21 My son, [b](F)fear the Lord and the king;
Do not get involved with those [c]of high rank,
22 For their (G)disaster will rise suddenly,
And who knows the ruin that can come from both of them?

23 These also are (H)sayings of the wise:
To [d](I)show partiality in judgment is not good.
24 One (J)who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”
(K)Peoples will curse him, nations will scold him;
25 But (L)for those who rebuke the wicked there will be delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.
26 One who gives [e]a right answer
Kisses the lips.

27 Prepare your work outside,
And (M)make it ready for yourself in the field;
Afterward, then, build your house.

28 Do not be a (N)witness against your neighbor for no reason,
And (O)do not deceive with your lips.
29 (P)Do not say, “I shall do the same to him as he has done to me;
I will [f]repay the person according to his work.”

30 I passed by the field of [g]a lazy one,
And by the vineyard of a person (Q)lacking [h]sense,
31 And behold, it was completely (R)overgrown with weeds;
Its surface was covered with (S)weeds,
And its stone (T)wall was broken down.
32 When I saw, I [i]reflected upon it;
I looked, and received instruction.
33 (U)A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest,”
34 Then your poverty will come like [j]a drifter,
And your need like [k]an armed man.

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  1. Proverbs 24:20 Lit latter end
  2. Proverbs 24:21 Or revere
  3. Proverbs 24:21 Or who change
  4. Proverbs 24:23 Lit regard the face
  5. Proverbs 24:26 Or an honest
  6. Proverbs 24:29 Lit bring back
  7. Proverbs 24:30 Lit an idle
  8. Proverbs 24:30 Lit heart
  9. Proverbs 24:32 Lit set my heart
  10. Proverbs 24:34 Lit one who moves about
  11. Proverbs 24:34 Lit a man with a shield

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